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Dragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale Ale - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Dragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale AleDragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale Ale

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133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dragonmead Microbrewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ypsifly on 01-17-2006)
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Photo of superspak
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours super hazy reddish orange color with a huge 2-3 finger light khaki head with insane retention that reduces to a thick cap that lingers. Loud hiss upon opening, and it took a while to pour this one. A lot of carbonation. Decent lacing on the glass. Aromas of orange, caramel, lemon zest, bread, pineapple, and herbal hops. Very malty aromas with decent strength. Taste of orange, caramel, biscuit, floral, lemon, herbal hops, pine, light tropical fruit, and a touch of pepper. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, biscuit, herbal, and caramel on the finish for a bit. Very good malt balance with the bitterness make this easily drinkable for 7%. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy, slick, and fairly crisp mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish present. Overall this is a pretty good IPA. Definitely drinkable and balanced.

superspak, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of rptrumpet
4/5  rDev +10.2%

rptrumpet, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of Rostie
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Rostie, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of Calculat0r
5/5  rDev +37.7%

Calculat0r, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Goldfoot
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Goldfoot, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -17.4%

mhaugo, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +10.2%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Another6Pack
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Another6Pack, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of MIBeerRanger4
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was reccomended to me at a recent tasting event. It's an English style IPA. It poured very foamy from the bottle.

A= Deep amber color, lot's of rich foamy head. The beer never settled down and laced the glass like crazy.

S= Very malty with little hop nose at all.. lacking on the nose for sure.

T= Again, too malty for my liking but much better balance of malt and hop in the taste than on the nose. Second and third sips were better than the original front taste.

M= Good but a bit too heavy. Leaves mouth feeling malt coated.

O= Did not hate this beer but don't really have much good to say either. Average at best. I think I would like this beer much better if I were drinking it with some food. Not a beer that I would order or buy.

MIBeerRanger4, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of adamant1912
4/5  rDev +10.2%

adamant1912, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of morimech
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a massive head that prevented the entire bottle from being poured into the glass. Took a long time to complete the pour. PITA. The head never really settles. Massive amount of lacing is left on the glass.

Malty aroma gives off hints of toffee and caramel. Hops have aromas of mint and grass.

A very large English IPA. Plenty of bitter and even some alcohol. Toffee flavors from the malt is complimented by mint and herbal qualities from the hops. Alcohol plays a large role in the finish. I can understand the confusion of which style this beer is classified.

The body feels substantial enough considering the ABV level. Nicely carbonated.

Maybe next time I will pour the beer immediately after removal from the refrigerator. Otherwise this is an interesting IPA that does not follow the pack.

morimech, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of CHickman
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with 2 finger foamy light tan head that had a ton of bubbles in it and faded slowly, leaving good spotty lacing.

Smells of caramel, floral hops, grapefruit, sweet malt, biscuit, grains, brown sugar, light spices, herbs and graham cracker. Not very hoppy of an IPA, the nose was pretty mild and leaned towards malty, but still balanced.

Tastes of caramel, herbs, grapefruit, light floral hops, sweet malt, piney hops, mild yeast, brown sugar, pepper, light spices, tea leaf, cinnamon, toffee, coriander and a biscuity or bready sweetness that does not taste like it comes from hop oils; like the nose, the taste is weak for an American IPA but on par for an English IPA. Seems to be some fruity sweetness, and that helps hide the ABV quite well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with light carbonation, a medium body, and a slight bitter finish that's sweet and grainy.

Good drinkability, this was a solid beer that went down smooth and easy. While it's a bit too grainy for me, it seems to hit the mark for an English IPA. Worth a try, as it has all the components to make for a session beer if this is your style of choice.

CHickman, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of zachary80
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Bell's Tulip. No visible date information. Straight from store to fridge to mouth.

L: Huge billowing head prevents a full pour. Leaves tons of thick lacing. Caramel-brown opaque body is slightly off putting.

S: Aroma seems muted. Fruity sweet notes most likely from the yeast. No real hop aroma

T: Not very bitter for an IPA. Low hop presence. Strong focus on malt. Some toffee flavors

M: Average. Carbonation seems about right, maybe slightly high for the style.

O: This is a good beer. Nothing exciting about it but worth trying if you like English IPAs

V: At $2.89 a single, not a bad value for an English IPA.

zachary80, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of ssimpson89
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber with minimal head. Mild aroma of earthy hops and malt. Sweeter malt flavor with minimal hop bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation provides for a nice, crisp finish.

While I prefer the American version of IPA's, this one is one of the better English ones I've had. I enjoyed it. It was a nice change of pace.

ssimpson89, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of BrewerB
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to michiganbrewer for the hookup on this one!

Pours a hazy, light amber with a thin, very light tan head resting on top and holding up well. A toasty/caramel malt presence hit the nose first followed up with floral hoppiness. Moderately bittered, the flavor seems again skewed towards malts. Toasty with a touch of breadiness, spicy alcohol, mild hop presence focused on floral characters. Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall a decent example of the style but more focus on hop flavor would help increase enjoyment.

BrewerB, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of zoso1967
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Crown Jewels pours a very deep and tawny amber color with a reddish hue to it. The beer is a bit cloudy and supports a great looking head that has wonderful retention and leaves nice lace.

The aroma consists mainly of floral and slightly citrusy hops with a bit of bready malt sweetness and some toffee. Without even looking it up it is obvious that this is an English style IPA, but with an American twist.

The flavor similar to the aroma with a barrage of floral and orange hop character hitting my taste buds right off the bat and then transitioning to a bready and toffee like malt character. The brew is very well balanced with the hops and malt complimenting each other, but I find that this beer has a bit too much of a minerally profile in it and is perhaps just a bit on the sweet side.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium with a good amount of carbonation. It finishes very well with a fairly unassuming aftertaste and a good balance between sweet and dry.

This beer is fairly drinkable, but I found it to be a bit confusing. Is it English or American? Hoppy or Malty? It just did not really satisfy me in terms of a total package. The quality may have been there, as were some very nice flavors, but it just left me only partially impressed.

zoso1967, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of silentjay
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy copper with a huge (maybe too big) light tan head that slowly settles and leaves little lacing.

herbal, spicy aroma reminds me of an english style, but there is also a floral bouquet and some citrus.

again, the flavor combines english and american styles with herbs meeting flowers and citrus fruits, but caramel takes over and makes this a very sweet IPA.

mouthfeel is where it should be for the style, but foamy on every sip due to the huge head.

drinks rather well. actually a bit too sweet for my liking for an IPA. would drink again, but not one id seek out.

silentjay, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 6/19/2010. On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of caramel malt, crystal malt, and a slight hint of citrus. Flavor of caramel malt, sweet malt, some sweaty hops but mostly this was dominated by the caramel malt. Much too sweet for an IPA and not to my liking.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Crunchy's in East Lansing
Served in 25 oz mug

A: 1" light tan head. Poured hazy copper brown. Ring lace was left on the upper quarter of the glass with the head reducing to a crown of lace.

S: Floral and spicy hop with roasted and bready malt.

T: Sweet caramel malt is upfront as it should be in an EIPA. Some more citrus hop is apparent in the taste but overall the hop character was very light.

M: Creamy texture and medium bodied. Carbonation low-medium.

D: A nice balance of hop and malt as an EIPA should be with hops being slightly forward. I would drink this again.

BehindtheFinBrew, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap into a tulip at Ashleys...The beer pours a light hazy orange, not a ton to look at here...The aroma and taste are both ok, nothing special either, ligth pineapple on the nose, a mild hop presence. The feel is ok, and its ok to drink but with the lack of hops, it really doesn't justify drinking more than one.

jrallen34, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, slightly hazy golden amber with a fairly thick and quite persistent pale tan head. Strong aroma is quite hoppy and has hints of grapefruit and, interestingly enough, honey-like sweetness. Flavor is hoppy and a little bitter, with a hint of grapefruit and just a whisper of honey. Texture is quite fizzy and tingly, leaving behind a hoppy and tingly finish.

Cyberkedi, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of brentk56
2.35/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a tight-bubbled cap that performs like a champ, retaining and lacing

Smell: Really fruity, with an overripe apple character as well as an earthy, dishwater tone

Taste: Opens all over the place, with the overripe apple, herbacious mineral water and spearminty tone; after the swallow, the spearmint tends to dominate the other flavors; perhaps some acetone in here as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not particularly good, unfortunately

brentk56, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of organicbrewer
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Full copper. Clear. Very tiny tan head.

S-toasty malt. some stone fruit esters. low hop aroma.

T-moderatly bitter. Fairly sweet. Carmally malt and some biscuit. Moderate earthy hop flavor.

M-feels thick for an IPA. low carbonation ok. No alcohol burn.

D-Nice beer. Could be dried out a bit more, seemed sweet even for an english ipa.

organicbrewer, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep copper and cloudy amber in tone with a big bubbly off white head leaving little ridges if lace. A small amount of sediment at the bottom of the bottle, just enough to take away most of the ale's transparency. Smells is very fruity and sweet drizzled in hops. Tastes like hops up front with a very watery grapefruit aftertaste. Lots of citrus sting and bitter bite. That dirt grapefruit taste covers my tongue. Nice and citrusy.
Cheers.

JordanEllwanger, May 29, 2010
Dragonmead Crown Jewels India Pale Ale from Dragonmead Microbrewery
82 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.